PLATFORMS FOR DIALOGUE (P4D)
Strengthening Inclusion and Participation in Decision Making and Accountability Mechanism in Bangladesh

TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR
Gender and Social Inclusion Consultant for Platforms for Dialogue Project

The British Council in Bangladesh is looking for a gender and social inclusion consultant (individuals or organizations) to update Gender and Social Inclusion Strategy of its Platforms for Dialogue (P4D) project.

The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We operate in 110 countries. Our purpose is to create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide.

Platforms for Dialogue (P4D) is a three-year programme funded by the European Union (EU) and delivered by the British Council in partnership with the Cabinet Division of Bangladesh. Its aim is to harness, promote and affect collaborative dialogue between civil society and government of Bangladesh (GoB), ensuring the most marginalised groups in society participate. P4D programme has the following objectives:

Overall Objective of P4D is to strengthen democratic ownership and improve accountability mechanisms in Bangladesh.

Specific Objective of P4D is to promote a more enabling environment for the effective engagement and participation of the citizen and civil society in decision making and oversight.
P4D’s activities are divided across three Result Areas, which collectively enable it to engage, capacity build and convene citizens, civil society and government at the district, divisional and national level:

Result Area 1: CSO’s ability to influence government policy and practice raised through better accountability to - and more effective representation of - citizen’s interests;
Result Area 2: Accountability and responsiveness of government officials raised through enhanced capacity building of decision makers and engagement with CSOs;
Result Area 3: New tools and policy platforms for more effective dialogue between citizens and government are developed and utilised.

More information about P4D can be found from project web site at https://www.p4dbd.org

Requirement

P4D seeks a highly skilled and motivated professional consultant(s) to review and update its existing Strategy on Gender and Social Inclusion (GSI) and carry out GSI training for P4D staffs.

The present GSI strategy was developed in mid-2017 during project inception. The strategy outlined how P4D can ensure that the project’s work is inclusive of women and socially excluded groups based on the then GSI context analysis. This is a short-term consultancy to update projects GSI strategy for P4D. The consultant(s) is expected to show a detailed knowledge of Bangladesh and its gender and social inclusion policies and practice.

Purpose

P4D’s updated GSI Strategy will provide both: an in-depth understanding of the present GSI context; and guide P4D on how to take account of GSI in all aspects of its work. Moreover, the consultant will provide training to P4D staff which will ensure that their action is inclusive of women and socially excluded groups based GSI analysis of the locality.   

Key tasks for the GSI consultant

The GSI consultant(s) will:

  • Review and update socially excluded groups in the context of P4D. 
  • Review and update the challenges and difficulties that GSI groups, as civil society actors, face in engaging in dialogue with Government.
  • Update the existing strategy for P4D to ensure effective participation by GSI groups in P4D project activities.    
  • Review and Update along with P4D Research, Evaluation and Learning team GSI relevant indicators in the Results Framework.
  • Provide one GSI training to all P4D staff in 2 batches (one batch: 22 district level staffs and other batch 23 central and regional level staff).

Method:

A combination of literature review, analysis of P4D’s event and training participation statistics, key informant interviews, consultations with P4D team and other data collection and analysis methods may be carried out to review and update the strategy.

Inputs / Level of Effort:

A maximum of 40 person days with within a period of two and half months (tentatively from July 2019 to August 2019). Precise timings to be agreed with the P4D Team Leader and the Research, Evaluation and Learning Lead and P4D management


Activity
June July August
Week
Week
 
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Commencement of the assignment (meeting with P4D team, CD & EuD) 2 person days                          
GSI context analysis in reference to P4D and review existing P4D strategy) 7 persons days                          
Assessment of GSI practices in P4D (consultation with P4D field level staffs, consultants particularly those providing GSI training to MAP members and other stakeholders 10 days                          
Updating of P4D GSI strategy and submission of draft report (8 persons days)                          
Preparation of one day GSI training package for P4D staff (2 persons days)                          
Conduction of training and submission of training completion report. (5 persons days)                          
Feedback on Draft Report                          
Submission and acceptance of final updated GSI strategy (6 person days                          

Deliverables and timeframe:

  • An inception report includes approved methodology and workplan during July 2019
  • A draft updated strategy: on Gender, Social Inclusion prepared for P4D by end July 2019
  • Staff training: this is for P4D staff (45) and will be carried out in Dhaka
  • A final report: Report with recommendations for further action covering the strategy and the training component by August 2019

Consultant specifications:

  • Recognized for conducting recent, independent gender and social inclusion and other relevant studies in Bangladesh
  • At least 10 years’ experience of working on gender and/or social inclusion issues in Bangladesh;
  • At least 10 years of professional experience working with and knowledge of both government and civil society in Bangladesh
  • Experience working with donor funded, international development projects, including the EU will be an advantage
  • Understanding of civil society, national and local governments in Bangladesh
  • Ability to manage all operational and logistical aspects of the GSI;
  • Familiarity with gender analysis tools and methodologies;
  • Good analytical abilities and strong report writing skills;
  • Master’s degree or higher in social science / studies, research or relevant subject
  • Strong analytical, strategic thinking and demonstrated research skills
  • Strong communication skills, ability to liaise with various stakeholders, including government officials.
  • Fluency in written and spoken Bangla and English
  • Availability from July 2019.

Contractual arrangement:

This work will be contracted by the British Council through a consultancy contract. The ToR is subject to modifications as per project need.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted and called for interview. We will only shortlist applications who will submit technical and financial proposal along with the CVs of the team members. No hard copies of applications will be accepted.

To apply, please send the above mentioned documents with a covering letter to Siamul.Rabbany@britishcouncil.org with a copy to dhaka.recruitment@britishcouncil.org. Please mark in the subject line “application for Gender and Social Inclusion.”

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Closing date: 22 June 2019

The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and we are keen to reflect diversity at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.

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